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This lists the important notes on each new release, explaining what has changed and what's new.
This page is currently inactive for 2019 conjunction (until next conjunction in 2021)
Mars is heading for a solar conjunction, which in layman's terms means it's on the opposite side of the sun from the Earth. For a short period, no commands will be sent to the Mars spacecraft (which includes landers and rovers) since the sun's corona could corrupt those commands and result in unintended actions, disablement of the spacecraft or worse.
A scene that is all dialogue and no action creates the dreaded “voices in the dark”. Perhaps they're at a conference table, or standing around talking things through before making a decision that will propel the story into its next phase.
The problem with such scenes is they become lack-lustre, and somehow they seem amateurish and not quite up to the same standard of our favourite authors.
Sometimes it's a while before I post a new book review. Usually this is because I've read some self-published novels that I don't want to review. When I post a review, I'm telling readers about a book I'd recommend. This is good for readers, and it's good for the authors who get the recommendation. I'm not out to harm someone's writing career - which can always be turned around in the future - and I'm certainly not the sort of pompous umm, donkey, that simply lets my mouth run without a care in the world.
This article is about some of the traps self-publishing authors tend to fall into - and which the successful SP authors avoid. There are many things I could discuss here, but I'll just stick to the ones I see cropping up most often.